Cape Town - The Springbok Sevens
team have tasted success at the Dubai Sevens last year, but for Blitzboks captain Philip Snyman and his
team, that is nothing more than a pleasant memory.
In fact, Snyman said that it all starts afresh come Friday when they face
Uganda in their opening match.
Snyman is also expecting the 2017/18 HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series to be more competitive
than ever before, and a very tough defence of their overall series
"Dubai has been a happy
hunting ground for us in the past, but this is a new season and everyone
are starting with fresh minds and bodies," said Snyman.
"Even our squad, as experienced as we are, came back together with new energy and new vigour.
"We will see a lot of
the teams more settled this season, with not as many new faces and
coaches as was the case last year when we started the season here in
"So it is definitely going to be tougher this time around. We need to be at our best from the start."
Snyman said the
Blitzboks enjoyed the glory of being champions in 2016/17, but it now is
something for the history books.
"We already left last season behind
when we started our new pre-season camp. We needed
to make that mind shift. The focus now goes to that first match against
Uganda. We need to be ready for that match and take it from there."
Blitzboks' schedule for Friday, 1 December is (SA kick-off times):
08:52 - Uganda
12:36 - Kenya
17:53 - Canada